Are you a refugee or an asylum seeker living in the North East region with an idea to help your community? We want to help you turn your ideas into action. In the last 3 years we have supported over 100 refugee and asylum seeker community mobilisers, activists and advocates to organise support for their communities, increase their advocacy skills, build community organisations and widen their networks of influence and support.
Newly arrived communities need a lot of information to help them adapt quickly to life in the UK with its unfamiliar systems, laws, norms, responsibilities and expectations. Communities are more receptive to messages that are co-produced and delivered by trusted peers.
We deliver training to front line staff and students that provides insight from lived experiences and builds empathetic understanding about challenges to family resilience, health and wellbeing, and safety. It helps trainees look behind the labels of ‘asylum seeker’ and ‘refugee’ and imagine themselves in their shoes.